Most Impressive Roland Garros Title Run 1997-2004? - TennisForum.com
View Poll Results: Best Roland Garros Run 1997-2004
Majoli 97 3 3.09%
Sanchez-Vicario 98 6 6.19%
Graf 99 33 34.02%
Pierce 00 16 16.49%
Capriati 01 11 11.34%
S Williams 02 8 8.25%
Henin 03 11 11.34%
Myskina 04 9 9.28%
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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 2004, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Most Impressive Roland Garros Title Run 1997-2004?

Watching Iva retire at the YEC yesterday, I realized we lost another one of our active Grand Slam champions. Iva's FO win seems so long ago !

I decided to compare Iva's title run against the 7 women that came after her ... Which woman had the most impressive run? Factors should include form going into RG, quality of opponents, quality of matches played, significance of win !

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Iva Majoli 1997

128W Sandra KLEINOVA (CZE) 7-5 6-4
64W Alexandra FUSAI (FRA) 6-2 6-3
32W Ann GROSSMAN (USA) 6-1 4-6 6-1
16W Lindsay DAVENPORT (USA) 5-7 6-4 6-2
QFW Ruxandra DRAGOMIR (ROM) 6-3 5-7 6-2
SFW Amanda COETZER (RSA) 6-3 4-6 7-5
FRW Martina HINGIS (SUI) 6-4 6-2

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ASV 1998

128W Jana KANDARR (GER) 6-2 7-5
64W Catalina CRISTEA (ROM) 6-2 6-3
32W Alexandra FUSAI (FRA) 6-2 6-1
16W Serena WILLIAMS (USA) 4-6 7-5 6-3
QFW Patty SCHNYDER (SUI) 6-2 6-7(5) 6-0
SFW Lindsay DAVENPORT (USA) 6-3 7-6(5)
FRW Monica SELES (USA) 7-6(5) 0-6 6-2

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Steffi Graf 1999

28W Magdalena MALEEVA (BUL) 6-2 6-0
64W Ines GORROCHATEGUI (ARG) 6-2 6-4
32W Asa CARLSSON (SWE) 6-1 6-4
16W Anna KOURNIKOVA (RUS) 6-3 7-6(4)
QFW Lindsay DAVENPORT (USA) 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3
SFW Monica SELES (USA) 6-7(2) 6-3 6-4
FRW Martina HINGIS (SUI) 4-6 7-5 6-2

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Mary Pierce 2000

128W Tara SNYDER (USA) 6-3 6-1
64W Barbara RITTNER (GER) 6-1 6-1
32W Virginie RAZZANO (FRA) 6-4 6-0
16W Asa CARLSSON (SWE) 6-2 6-1
QFW Monica SELES (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-4
SFW Martina HINGIS (SUI) 6-4 5-7 6-2
FRW Conchita MARTINEZ (ESP) 6-2 7-5

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Jennifer Capriati 2001

128W Emilie LOIT (FRA) 6-2 7-5
64W Tathiana GARBIN (ITA) 6-2 6-1
32W Mirjana LUCIC (CRO) 6-3 6-1
16W Meghann SHAUGHNESSY (USA) 7-5 6-1
QFW Serena WILLIAMS (USA) 6-2 5-7 6-2
SFW Martina HINGIS (SUI) 6-4 6-3
FRW Kim CLIJSTERS (BEL) 1-6 6-4 12-10

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Serena Williams 2002

128W Martina SUCHA (SVK) 6-3 6-0
64W Dally RANDRIANTEFY (MAD) 6-2 6-3
32W Janette HUSAROVA (SVK) 6-1 6-3
16W Vera ZVONAREVA (RUS) 4-6 6-0 6-1
QFW Mary PIERCE (FRA) 6-1 6-1
SFW Jennifer CAPRIATI (USA) 3-6 7-6(2) 6-2
FRW Venus WILLIAMS (USA) 7-5 6-3

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Justine Henin 2003

128W Patricia WARTUSCH (AUT) 6-3 7-5
64W Jelena KOSTANIC (CRO) 6-2 6-2
32W Dally RANDRIANTEFY (MAD) 6-1 6-1
16W Patty SCHNYDER (SUI) 6-3 2-6 6-2
QFW Chanda RUBIN (USA) 6-3 6-2
SFW Serena WILLIAMS (USA) 6-2 4-6 7-5
FRW Kim CLIJSTERS (BEL) 6-0 6-4

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Anastacia Myskina 2004

128W Alicia MOLIK (AUS) 4-6 6-3 6-4
64W Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) 6-0 6-4
32W Denisa CHLADKOVA (CZE) 6-3 7-6(3)
16W Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) 1-6 6-4 8-6
QFW Venus WILLIAMS (USA) 6-3 6-4
SFW Jennifer CAPRIATI (USA) 6-2 6-2
FRW Elena DEMENTIEVA (RUS) 6-1 6-2

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Anastacia Myskina 2004

128W Alicia MOLIK (AUS) 4-6 6-3 6-4
64W Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) 6-0 6-4
32W Denisa CHLADKOVA (CZE) 6-3 7-6(3)
16W Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) 1-6 6-4 8-6
QFW Venus WILLIAMS (USA) 6-3 6-4
SFW Jennifer CAPRIATI (USA) 6-2 6-2
FRW Elena DEMENTIEVA (RUS) 6-1 6-2

All though the last three opponents were not-exactly-at-their-best, the quality of opponents in this one is probably the best


Steffi Graf 1999

28W Magdalena MALEEVA (BUL) 6-2 6-0
64W Ines GORROCHATEGUI (ARG) 6-2 6-4
32W Asa CARLSSON (SWE) 6-1 6-4
16W Anna KOURNIKOVA (RUS) 6-3 7-6(4)
QFW Lindsay DAVENPORT (USA) 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3
SFW Monica SELES (USA) 6-7(2) 6-3 6-4
FRW Martina HINGIS (SUI) 4-6 7-5 6-2

I would vote for this one. Very solid and the last three three-set wins were very impressive
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Most Impressive

Mary - Overcoming the pressure put on her by the French crowd ... pulling out one of her only wins over Hingis ... the quarter with Monica was an AWESOME match - balls going in every corner of the court - definitely more winners than UE

Steffi - The final w/ Martina was unbelievable. Quarter with Monica also very high quality

Least Impressive

Myskina - Good win over Sveta but the final 3 matches were not very high quality, bad reaction to winning first GS title

Justine - Using the Hand tactic to go over Serena in the SF and then an uneventful final against the braidsmaid
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I feel bad for Monica for not being able to beat ASV in that 1998 final ... she should have won the first set but for a stupid overrule or something ... Also she just came back from her dad's death

Feel sorry for Martina, Kim, Venus, Amelie for not being able to win
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I donŽt know...I am too biased to vote here, probably Steffi (that final was sooo funny!). I am just happy that Justine and Nastya are part of this great group of winners!!!
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Iva demolished a player that was 21-0 going into the final...

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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Graf...since she beat #1, #2, #3 in the world to win it
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Graf leading with Myskina and Pierce 2nd
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I said Pierce. But Graf, Jennifer, and ASV's runs were quite nice.
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I voted for Cappy, but Serena's tennis was actually the best by far. And that year's US Open was just ...

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Steffi for sure, she beat Anna (hey she was actually good back then), Lindsay, Monica and the Martina, those were the big names back in 1999.
The final was also my favorite all time match

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pierce bc of that french corwd and how she did it. so impressive, her tennis was huge.
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I voted for Steffi, but marys is pretty close and maybe i should have voted for her cause shes such a head case that you expect her to lose more than Graf. But Steffi's meant more to me as she was at the very end of her career and didnt have the run going into the french that Mary did...Steffis was so unexpected

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it just happens, a lot
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Im thinking Steffi 99! Though i ahted that tourney lol

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majoli beat 3 number 1s along the way...

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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